Controlled Environment Agriculture Center

Research, Instruction & Extension for Producing Crops
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This event is by invatation only.  If you've been invited to join us, please RSVP below.

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CEA Leadership Forum Southwest

April 7, 2017

8am – 12pm at the University Park Marriott

880 E. 2nd St. Tucson, Arizona 85719

The “CEA Leadership Forum Southwest” will have a variety of presentations and a open forum discussion bout the future of CEA and the role it will play in advancing secure food sources for sustaining our urban populations.

This is be an opportunity for reflection of previous day’s sessions and a more intimate discussion regarding CEAC’s role in research advancements and training “the next generation of farmers for an urban agriculture revolution." - Arizona Daily Star.

In December 2016, we selected a variety of participants to complete a questionnaire entitled “A New Age of Agriculture”.  The participants we selected based on their involvement in CEA, its research and education, or food production which made their input valuable to CEAC in helping us optimize our efforts on immediate research needs of the industry.  We’ve compiling the ideas shared in order to establish a baseline of the current state of the industry’s challenges, trends, and imminent opportunities in preparation for the “CEA Leadership Forum Southwest”, at which we will review the results and discuss the opportunities CEAC may have to advance our program, our students (traditional & non-traditional), and the industry, to address the needs of the future.


*** This event follows our Annual Greenhouse Short Course ***

If you've been invited and are not registered for the Short Course, please attend the Short Course Workshops (April 6th) as our guests and the Secure, Sustaining and Sensational CEA Dinner  (April 6th)


Key Note Speakers to Include:

  • Meiny Prins - CEO at Priva

  • Remi Naasz - Supervisor IR&D, Premier Tech Horticulture

  • Ricardo Cristantes - VP Sales & Marketing at Wholesum Family Farms

  • Paul Hardej - CEO & Co-Founder at TEX Ag Ventures LLC, VP Horticulture Lighting Turnkey Solutions at Illumitex Civic Farms

  • Jeffery Laundau - Projects Director at Blue Planet Consulting

  • Jenn Frymark - Chief Agirculture Officer at Gotham Greens, CEAC Graduate

  • Nadia Sabeh - Founder & President at Dr. Greenhouse, CEAC Graduate

  • David Story - Consultant at Ridder HortiMaX North America, CEAC Graduate


Questions?  Call or email Austin - 520.626.9566 / azsmith11@email.arizona.edu